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Why are businesses that operate in a perfectly competitive market considered "price takers"?

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A perfectly competitive market is characterized by large number of sellers who sell homogeneous products i.e products cannot be differentiated. Size of each firm is very small as compared to market size. Thus ...

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A. other firms will automatically follow
B. none of the other firms will follow
c. other firms may follow if it is the price leader
D. only some of the firms will follow

14. The main difference between perfect competition and monopolistic competition is
A. the number of sellers in the market
B. the ease of exit from the market
C. the degree of information about the market price
D. the degree of product differentiation

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A. monopoly prices
B. competitive prices
C. prices under monopolistic competition
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B. one company sells identical products in different markets at different prices
C. the ratio of price to marginal cost differs for similar products
D. both B and C

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A. $2
B. 25%
C. 20%
D. none of the above

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A. the probability distribution
b. the standard deviation
C. the average deviation
D. the square root of the standard deviation

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